Hendrik Egnatius Botha has challenged South Africa to once again host a Rugby World Cup.Former Springbok flyhalf player made this comment come after SA Rugby last week submitted documents to World Rugby confirming its intentions to bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.Ireland, Italy and France also expressed interest in hosting the event come 2023.
South Africa hosted the 1995 World Cup – which the Springboks won. The Boks tasted success again in the 2007 tournament in France.
“I think it’s about time that we stage another World Cup. The last one was in ’95, so it would be fantastic,” Botha said.
“But the competitors are three very strong contenders. Italy’s never had a World Cup. I can’t really see France getting one again. They already had one in 2007.
“Ireland had one in ‘91 and ‘99, so I would tend to think that it might be between us and Ireland. But maybe we could be the better host.”
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula earlier this year banned the federations in control of rugby, cricket, athletics and netball in South Africa from “bidding for or hosting any major sporting events”. This puts South Africa in great doubt if they will get government’s backing for hosting the event.
Countries that meet the criteria outlined by World Rugby will move to the candidate phase on November 1‚ 2016, after which the host of the tournament in 2023 will be announced in November 2017.
Japan will host the next World Cup in 2019.